Bill Callahan + Alasdair Roberts @Heimathafen Neukölln, Berlin

Posted: February 17, 2014 by dothob in Berlin, Folk, Heimathafen Neukölln, Jazz
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Alasdair Roberts (6/10)
Start: 21:10 / End:  21:45
Alasdair Roberts is a very friendly guy from Glasgow, Scotland who honours the roots of celtic singer-songwriterdom. If you’re into this kind of music, he is your man. Unfortunately not really my cup of tea.

Bill Callahan (9/10)
Start: 22:05 / End: 23:45
Bill Callahan is a long time favourite of mine. He started out in the early nineties with very lo-fi bedroom recordings and did a lot of noisy stuff under his moniker smog. He has come a long way since then. He is – I’m sure – one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time and a poet, too. He knows whom to take with him on a tour: his band (guitar, drums/congas, bass, he himself played the guitar) is superb. On the surface the music seems to sound like (alt-) Americana and Folk but underneath it clearly is Soul and Jazz.
The concert was a whopping 100 minutes and consisted mainly of songs of the fantastic two recent albums ‘Apocalypse’ and ‘Dream River’. One exception was a very nice rendering of an old classic ‘Dress Sexy at My Funeral’. The pivotal point was an almost twenty-minute long cover version of Percy Mayfield’s ‘Please send me Someone to Love’. Callahan was quite friendly in his sparse announcements and I think he even smiled sometimes.
In three words: a fantastic concert.

Venue: Heimathafen Neukölln
Price: 25,30€ at
Setlist: Bill Callahan

Berlin, 16.02.2014

Here high format pics of the show, gently provided by Lostfunzone.

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